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Does this downspout design make sense?

It's completely wrong! The shingles overlap each other. This ensures that water running from top down doesn't enter under them. When you flush water against the overlapping sections, they are not ...
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Does this downspout design make sense?

Get it out of that corner and have the water flow downwards not upwards under the shingles guaranteed to leak. You just need one more part. Downspout Side Elbow Loves
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How can I wrap a downspout around a corner into a rain barrel?

Three downspout elbows. One takes the spout out past the edge of the house, the other connects to it to take it around to the barrels, the last drops it into the barrels. Rectangular downspout elbows ...
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How do I safely place an extension ladder near windows so I can clean my gutters?

Leaning the ladder against the gutter If the gutters are safe to lean on, and if there are no potential problems with denting them, then that is the way to do it. The ladder will be stable and you ...
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How can I wrap a downspout around a corner into a rain barrel?

Try a variation on this? Credit: https://www.instructables.com/DIY-275-Gallon-Rainwater-Collection/ Also credit: Google "downspout elbow around corner"
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Tree growing into gutter. What's a good strategy?

It's hard to say from that photo, but it looks like that bulge is the stump of a limb that could be trimmed back further. Really that's a question for an arborist, though. If you do so you'll want to ...
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How can I wrap a downspout around a corner into a rain barrel?

Move the black barrel! You already have it on bricks. How much more level do you want than bricks? Place the base on the ground and dig out one side until your spirit level shows the base is level. ...
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What is this foam in my downspout for? Can I get rid of it?

It's a sediment trap. You don't want debris entering your underground pipe where it's much more difficult to remove. Check the top of the downspout for a mesh or something and resolve the issue there. ...
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Is fiberglass showing on roof shingles an indicator of immediate repair needed?

That's mostly cosmetic, especially since it's almost entirely on the top layer of a two-layer laminated shingle. It is unlikely to result in leaks. That said, they're probably going to continue to ...
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Can gutters be installed on top of shingles?

Sometimes the stars align and answers are provided. After i posted my comment this morning I was watching a previous episode of This old house in which they are restoring a New England Victorian ...
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What is the safe/correct way to work on gutters? From a ladder or from the roof?

From an industrial safety point of view, none of the above. A work platform (staging, or a manlift) is the proper thing to work from. Ladders should only be used to get to one, (and for certain ...
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How do I safely place an extension ladder near windows so I can clean my gutters?

The ladder should be placed against the gutter and extended (3' or so) above it, so you can do your work without reaching up blindly. Doing the work as you suggest could cause you to have an unstable ...
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Tree growing into gutter. What's a good strategy?

I agree with mmathis' comment that the ideal solution is to present the issue to the city to deal with the tree. The tree will only continue to be more intrusive. That being said, if you have to ...
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How do I calculate the size of the downspout I need for a gutter?

Size the gutters for the rainfall, but go with the largest downspout that will fit your gutters. The issue for downspouts isn't water capacity in a torrential rain, it's debris that gets washed ...
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How do I safely place an extension ladder near windows so I can clean my gutters?

I'm a gutter installer from florida,the sand shifts alot here under ladders,plus uneven ground and bushes to consider.I find a good spot on side of house or a lower roof to access top with another ...
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Finding guards for your gutters when you don't know the make or model

You have fairly typical 5" aluminum or steel K-style gutters (virtually nothing is actually tin in the modern world). Almost any generic gutter guard should work. I have oak trees and the simple ...
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How to fix water missing gutter?

In my area (Ohio), companies extend the downspout horizontally down the roof and INTO the lower gutter. They claim it reduces erosion of the shingles but also prevent said issue from happening at the ...
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Does this downspout design make sense?

That down spout is the termination point for ALL the rain water on that side of the roof! All that water is being directed to a small area and shot against the overlap of the shingles. Do yourself a ...
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What is this foam in my downspout for? Can I get rid of it?

As you can see that was a bad idea. Filtering debris at the end of the downspout will quickly clog it. Using foam is another bad idea. It will break down and clog the underground pipe. Done by a ...
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Downspout Clogged

I've had this happen during heavy rain on all my downspouts that feed into underground pipes that emit in the yard several feet from the house. In my case, the pipes were not clogged and where some ...
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Is it okay to face nail the drip edge to the fascia?

TBH, it would probably be pretty difficult to lift the edge of the shingles enough to actually be able to nail the drip edge down from above. The shingles should be nailed pretty close to the fascia ...
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How can I stabilize the footing of a ladder?

The question doesn't have a specific answer since ladders, ground conditions, and tools-on-hand vary. Here are some ideas. Use integrated spikes. Many extension ladders have feet which can be spun ...
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Is there gutter around this sunroom?

I'd say it has guttering… but perhaps nowhere to go. The moulding round the top edge certainly looks gutter-shaped, it has sealed corners, all very 'guttery'. What it doesn't seem to have is a fall-...
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How to fix water missing gutter?

I expect to get a lot of flack for this answer, but here goes. Remove the 2nd floor gutter. Often gutters can cause damage to the roof deck, soffiting and facia from rain water that gets backed up and ...
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Maximum length of a rain chain

Most of the water flows right through; the "cups" are funnels to recapture spray. I wouldn't worry about it. I would be more focused on where the water was going to go when it got to ground ...
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Very Clogged Gutter Downspout

If it is not your typical leaf-n-twig clog, as you suspect. Stronger methods are needed to unclog it. Depending on the length get a 10, 20, or 30 foot drain snake and clear the clog
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How to prevent heavy rainwater from jumping the gutter?

You need to use a spreader on your lower roof. It's a "standard" solution in New Zealand.
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How do I fix gutter nails that are coming out?

Remove spike and replace with gutter screws. They're about 7 inches long and larger diameter than the existing nail hole. Reuse the tube the nail went through or use a new tube supplied with the ...
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Adding an eaves drip edge to an existing roof installation

It is possible that your ice & water shield will peel up cleanly depending on age, climate, current temperature, sun exposure, etc. Try that first, otherwise... Installing drip edge under the two ...
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Do we really need rain gutters?

You don't need gutters. However, you will want to move water away from the home, as well as reduce any damaging effects of the water dropping from the roof. Reduce damage from water When it rains, all ...
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